“Mama’s Roses”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
I have written about these roses before. These were the first roses I ever grew. They are ones that my mother rooted for me from her rose bush. I have two of these old climbing roses bushes, one in the back garden, and one on the side of the house. We are not sure of the name of this rose since my mother got a cutting from a friend’s neighbor about forty-five years ago.
My mother has about five of these pink climbers growing around her home on arbors and fences. My rose bushes have just started blooming well and should do so for several weeks. These are very easy to care for roses since nothing seems to bother them. Even though I do not know the name of this particular rose, I know it must have been very popular in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s because when you go through neighborhoods that were established about that time, you see large specimens of this climber. It also looks like this must have been passed from neighbor to neighbor in these areas just as my mother received hers. She has given rooted cuttings to my sisters, my daughter, and to countless friends keeping up the pass along tradition.
A large piece of this rose rooted in water for me several years ago, and I gave that piece to my daughter. This year I did try to root several cuttings the traditional way, and two survived. I guess I am just keeping this rose alive because every time I see these small, pink roses, they remind me of my mother and how she loved her garden.